Returned pieces of 'Gypsy girl' mosaic on display in Gaziantep

The missing pieces of the famous "Gypsy Girl" mosaic, which were retrieved by Turkey decades after being smuggled abroad, were put on display on Saturday in a temporary public exhibit in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Missing pieces of the famous mosaic from the ancient Roman city of Zeugma arrived in Turkey in November, following a decades-long stay in the United States.

The mosaics will be available for viewing at a temporary public exhibit in Gaziantep, where they were first discovered in Zeugma, an ancient city dating back to 300 B.C.

“The basis of our policies is to protect the cultural heritage of all civilizations that lived on our lands,” Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said at ceremony launching the long-awaited exhibit.

The Turkish Consulate in Chicago approached the Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which had the 12 missing pieces since 1965, earlier this year, finally reaching a deal in May.

The mosaics will be restored to their original place in the larger mosaic, famed for the emotive eyes of the ‘’gypsy girl’’ following the current temporary exhibit.

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